Distracted

by Lisa Loomer
directed by Jack Reuler, Artistic Director of Mixed Blood Theatre 

December 7-9 and 13-15, 2018
All performances at Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis

Post-show talkback Thursday December 13, led by Macalester students and Joan Ostrove, Professor in the Department of Psychology.

In the comedy Distracted, the mother of a moody, foul-mouthed, easily distracted nine-year-old boy seeks relief from her son’s tirades. When her son is diagnosed with ADHD, she visits a number of specialists and gathers opinions from neighbors, teachers, and her spouse, with the hope of gaining a better understanding of her son’s diagnosis. Her search leads to several questions that are controversial in the medical community and academia: do genetics, living in a world of sensory overload, vaccinations, diet, and the environment contribute to one’s likelihood of having ADHD? Do the powerful drugs often prescribed for treatment have a ripple effect, causing as many issues as they solve? Why is ADHD is disproportionately diagnosed in communities of color?

Recommended for ages 13+. Play contains adult language and explicit description of self-harm.

Running time: 2 hours, including intermission.

Cast & Crew

Jack Reuler
Jack Reuler, Director
Isabel Nelson, Assistant Director
Chesare Cipriano, Vera
Jesse Claire, Jesse/Dr. Waller/Mrs. Holly
Talia Cohen, Stage Manager
Ayana Ito, Natalie
Elinor Jones, Dr. Zavala
Ndunzi Kunsunga, Nurse
Ethan Moskal, Dr. Broder/Allergist
Dominic Rodgers, Dad
Malaika Rosenfeld, Sherry
Kavya Shetty, Mama
Alexandra Whitman, Assistant Stage Manager
Jessica Yates, Waitress/Carolyn
Trevor Zapiecki, Dr. Jinks/Dr. Karnes/Actor

Creative Team

Paul Epton Lighting Designer
Katharine Horowitz Sound Designer
Kathy Maxwell Video Designer
Amber Brown Costume Designer
Tom Barrett Scenic Designer